ALEKS - Assessment and Learning

Implementation Strategies

View a selection of implementation strategies from educators who are successfully using ALEKS to achieve dramatic learning outcomes. 

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Carver Road Middle School, Griffin-Spalding County School System
Griffin, GA

Grade(s): 6 - 8
Scenario: Computers in Classroom
Purpose: Intervention, Improve State Test Scores, At-Risk Students
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 75%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 1.5 hours per week, 57 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Middle School Math Course 2, Middle School Math Course 3

Cynthia Glass, Math Focus Teacher
ALEKS has been helpful. The students who really put forth the effort really benefit from ALEKS. In my most productive class, 10 out of 12 students passed the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT).


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Our biggest challenge was making the material appropriate for the students' varying skill levels.

How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
3 days per week.

What is the average length of a class period when ALEKS is used?
40 minutes.


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
We use ALEKS in our math focus classes.

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
Yes. We cover topics in the order they appear in our standards timelines.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
Half of the students are on the computer, while the other half receives teacher-focused lessons or ALEKS worksheets. Students usually switch tasks daily or, sometimes, in the middle of the period.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
Not really. I just added computers into the mix.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
Students are required to work in ALEKS daily.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
I send notes home, and discuss ALEKS in parent conferences.


Grading

Is ALEKS assigned to your students as all or part of their homework responsibilities? If so, what part of the total homework load is it?
For the math focus class, ALEKS is assigned for homework.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
I have created weekly goals that count toward a weekly grade. The goals are based on number of topics completed, and students receive a grade based on the percentage of completion. The weekly goal is 10 skills mastered, so students who complete 1-2 topics receive a grade of 65 percent, 3-4 topics is 70 percent, 5-6 topics is 75 percent, 7 topics is 85 percent, 8 topics is 90 percent, 9 topics is 95 percent, and all 10 topics is 100 percent. Sometimes, adjustments are made according to changes in schedule or absences. Additionally, the overall percentage is used as a project grade, and is calculated as follows: less than 50 percent of skills mastered is 65 percent, over 50 percent mastered is a 70 percent, and then I adjust accordingly.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
I give students a goal to master 10 topics per week, and give them a grade according to the actual number mastered.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
The students who really put forth the effort really benefit from ALEKS. In my most productive class, 10 out of 12 students passed the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT).